Orellana, a professor in the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&Is) and associate director of the Center for the Study of International Migration, will assume her new position on January 1, 2022.
UCLA International Institute, August 31, 2021 — Professor of Urban Schooling Marjorie Faulstich Orellana has been appointed associate vice provost of the UCLA International Institute, effective January 1, 2022.
Orellana is a professor in the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&Is), where she also serves as co-faculty director for the Teacher Education Program. Her research centers on the experiences of immigrant youth in urban schools and communities, especially as the language and cultural brokers for their families.
The education professor is currently working on a comparative research project that examines the impact of COVID-19 on families in 10 countries: Great Britain, Pakistan, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Singapore. Entitled “Re-Imagining Social Futures,” the project is based on Orellana’s work as part of the International Consortium on COVID-19 Family and Community Transitions; two doctoral students at Ed&Is are part of the research team.
Orellana is the author of “Mindful Ethnography: Mind, Heart and Activity for Transformative Social Research” (Routledge, 2020), “Language and Cultural Processes in Communities and Schools: Bridging Learning for Students from Non-Dominant Groups” (Routledge, 2019; co-edited with Inmaculada García-Sánchez) “Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces: Language, Learning and Love” (Routledge, 2016) and “Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture” (Rutgers, 2009).
She has also published in an array of interdisciplinary journals, including American Anthropologist, Harvard Educational Review, Social Problems, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Reading Research Quarterly and Linguistics in Education. She is a past president of the Council of Anthropology and Education.
Orellana has received numerous awards, including the Bobbie and Mark Greenfield Faculty Award for Applied Research in Learning and Achievement and the Distinguished Teaching Award at UCLA SEIS, and was selected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and as a Fulbright Specialist.
At the International Institute, Orellana has served as associate director of the Center for the Study of International Migration for over a decade. In that position, she brings a focus on children, families, ethnography and education to the work of the center via seminars, workshops and conferences.
The International Institute welcomes Professor Orellana in her new role and looks forward to working with her as associate vice provost.
This article was originally published on August 31, 2021, and updated on September 1.